What we have here is a meal in which one night’s dinner becomes the next night’s dinner in a different form. Typical Ordinary leftovers shenanigans. I’m on the record as saying that one of my favorite combinations is chard, pine nuts and raisins. So the first night we had that, with some herbs and butter beans thrown in. We ate it with bulgur which I had made with lentil broth. The next day, I made some very tender buttery rolls or hamburger buns. And I combined the leftover beans, chard and bulgur to make burgers. I added some bread crumbs, some smoked gouda, and an egg, and I made them into patties and fried them in olive oil. Very tasty!! The night after that, I broke the burgers into pieces, mixed them with greens and kidney beans, roasted peppers and tomatoes, and made tacos. And on and on it goes!!
Here’s Memphis Minnie with Today Today Blues. Just because I like it, today!
2 T olive oil
1 plump clove garlic, minced
1 t red pepper flakes (or to taste)
5 or 6 fresh sage leaves, or 1 t dried
2 t fresh rosemary, chopped, or 1 t dried
1 can small butterbeans, rinsed and drained
2 T golden raisins, chopped
1/3 cup white wine
1 large bunch chard, washed and trimmed and roughly chopped
1 T butter
1 t balsamic
salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup pine nuts, toasted
Warm the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic, pepper flakes and herbs. Cook for under a minute, until the garlic starts to brown. Add the butter beans and raisins. Stir and cook for a minute or two. Add the white wine. Stir, and cook for a few minutes until the sauce is reduced and syrupy.
Add the chard and about 1/3 cup water. Cook, stirring frequently, until the chard is wilted and tender but still bright, 5 to 8 minutes. You can cook till the pan is quite dry, or add water to make it saucy, however you prefer.
Add the butter and balsamic and season well with salt and plenty of freshly ground pepper. Top with pine nuts, and serve.
1 cup bulgur
2 T olive oil
1 t oregano
1 t thyme
salt and plenty of black pepper
1 1/2 cups broth
1 T butter (optional)
Warm the olive oil in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat. Add the herbs, and cook till they’re a little sizzly. Add the bulgur, and cook till it starts to smell toasty.
Add the water, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for about 15 minutes (make sure you don’t burn it, if it should dry out too fast!). Then take it off the heat and leave it covered while you prepare everything else. Fluff with a fork and stir in the butter, salt and pepper.
1 t sugar
1 t yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 cup milk
4 T butter
4 or 5 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 t salt
Combine the yeast, sugar and warm water in a bowl and set aside for about fifteen minutes to get fluffy.
Gently warm the milk and butter in a small saucepan just until the butter is melted. Stir this into the yeast mixture, and beat in the eggs one at a time. Add the flour–just enough to form a kneadble dough–and the salt and sugar. Knead for about seven minutes. Put into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and set aside for about 2 hours to rise. Punch or fold it down and let it rise again for 45 minutes to an hour.
Preheat the oven to 425 and lightly oil a baking sheet. Form the dough into balls about 4 inches across and set them on the sheet. Let them sit while the oven preheats. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until the rolls are golden brown on top and bottom, and sound hollow when you tap them.
1 1/2 cups chard and butterbeans
1 1/2 cups cooked bulgur
1 t smoked paprika
1 slice whole wheat bread, ground to crumbs
1/2 cup grated smoked gouda
olive oil for frying
Mix everything together in a big bowl. Smash it with a fork or potato masher to break down the beans. Alternately, put everything in a food processor and process just to break things down a bit and combine them.
Form into patties and fry in a little olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat, turning often. Top with cheese, if you like.